Jack Gottlieb
Founder of World Jewish Travel

6 Israeli Summer Festivals You Can’t Miss in August

A man playing the violin or fiddle on the streets – Photo by William Recinos on Unsplash
A man playing the violin or fiddle on the streets – Photo by William Recinos on Unsplash

Looking to experience Israeli culture this summer? Well look no further because we have organized a guide to some of the hottest festivals taking place around the country. Being the salat that it is, Israel definitely doesn’t lack diversity. The “Hummus Nation” has something to offer everyone- even if you’re allergic to sesame. Written by a falafel-enthusiast and Jerusalem local, World Jewish Travel’s guide to music, art, wine and dance festivals is your go-to for the most authentic taste of this colorful country this summer.

Jerusalem Food Truck Festival
July 4 – Aug 28, 2023

Chefs serving a dish at food truck festival – Photo by Arturo Re via Unsplash

Kicking off the summer festivities, the food festival brings us top chefs from the leading restaurants across the city cooking and serving their mouth-watering dishes in food trucks every evening at Ben Hinnom Valley Park. Nothing beats a festive culinary atmosphere with live music led by leading bands and DJs. The venue is accessible and all of the food is kosher. Head over to World Jewish Travel for more information.

Tel Aviv Dance Festival at the Suzanne Dellal Center
July 18-Aug 3, 2023

Dancers performing on stage – Photo by Vadim Fomenok on Unsplash

This festival is a vibrant celebration of contemporary dance. Captivating performances offer a fusion of creativity, innovation, and talent. As dancers take to the stage in the state-of-the-art facilities of the Suzanne Dellal Center, the festival becomes a melting pot of cultures and artistry, reflecting Tel Aviv’s position as a global hub for artistic brilliance. Don’t forget to book your tickets online in advance! Find out more.

Jerusalem Wine Festival
July 31 – August 2nd, 2023

A group of filled wine glasses – Photo by Kelsey Knight on Unsplash

An intoxicating celebration of Israel’s rich wine culture, this annual event is held in the historical old city and gathers wine enthusiasts to sample an impressive selection of locally produced wines. The festival offers a unique blend of tradition and modernity. You can savor the finest vintages while immersing yourself in Jerusalem’s magical atmosphere. Check out the event on our website.

Karmiel Dance Festival
August 1- 3, 2023

Dancers on stage in cultural apparel – Photo by Hulki Okan Tabak on Unsplash

This event attracts dancers and performers from all over the world, offering a mesmerizing array of traditional and contemporary dance styles. Set in the scenic beauty of Karmiel, the festival’s stages come alive with captivating performances, celebrating the artistry of diverse dance traditions. Whether you are a dance enthusiast or just seeking an immersive cultural experience, the Karmiel Dance Festival is an unforgettable journey through the rhythms of the global dance community. Read more.

Hutzot Hayotzer (Artists’ Colony) Festival
August 7 – 19th, 2023

Live musical performance with energized crowd – Photo by Abigail Lynn on Unsplash

Held at the Sultan’s Pool near the ancient walls of the Old City, this Jerusalem favorite offers a colorful array of visual arts, crafts, local cuisine and live performances that captivate visitors from all walks of life. With over 150 artists participating, you can explore a diverse range of exquisite handmade works, from pottery and jewelry to paintings and sculptures and end the night with a live concert! Head to our site for more.

Safed Klezmer Festival
August 22 – 24, 2023

Musicians on colorful stage performing with their instruments – Photo by Jens Thekkeveettil on Unsplash

To wrap up your eventful August, head up north for a lively and soul-stirring celebration of traditional Jewish music and culture. In the charming hilltop city known for its spiritual significance, the air comes alive with the enchanting melodies of klezmer music, echoing through the narrow streets and mystical alleyways. The Safed Klezmer Festival stands as a testament to the enduring heritage of Jewish music and its ability to unite people in a celebration of tradition, history, and harmony. For more on this festival check out our website.

We hope you enjoyed our guide for Israel’s summer festivals in 2023. We’ll see you this summer!

About the Author
Jack Gottlieb, founder and president of the World Jewish Travel, is an American businessman highly involved in philanthropic causes, who spends most of his time in Israel these days.
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